Side Trip | New Belgium Brewing

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3.75/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sometimes it’s a side trip that makes the journey. During our last anniversary retreat to Belgium, brewmaster Peter Bouckaert embarked on a sensory excursion to find the perfect yeast strain for his next creation: Side Trip Belgian Pale Ale. A beer from Brouwerij Van Den Bossche led Bouckaert to the brewery’s family Buffalo yeast strain, which they happily shared, and the foundation was set. Additions of Belgian Chateau Abbey and Cara Ruby malts from Castle Malting, the oldest malting plant in Belgium, as well as Belgian Magnum, Saphir and Target hops builds a bready, caramel-sweet wash with traces of stone fruits, and a balanced herbal bitterness for a pleasantly dry finish. Take a break from your journey with a Side Trip.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 10-29-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,920
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
242
pDev:
11.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
89
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Ratings: 242 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of adam36
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/foamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, yeasty, citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 02/02/17:

Fairly clear, dull orange-amber, capped with orange-tinted cream white head, rocky and foamy and filmy with great retention after it sinks down a more moderate pace at first. A malt tartness and vinegar-like quality to the nose. These together approach the smell of ketchup, but die down quite a bit leaving room for grainy, resinous, metallic, medicinal, somewhat spicy suggestions, not too far off from any number of other Belgians, ranging from this style to a Saison. Resin, grass, grain, tart malt, light lemon to taste with decent metallic/spice-kick which meld well with everything else well into the finish. Fair tartness and bitterness throughout, somewhat out of balance with little retro-olfactory added complexity, so neither as good as an American Pale Ale or a Belgian Pale Ale despite being somewhat between them. I wouldn’t say it is too distracting, but there is definitely an American influence here with the type and abundance of hops. Different enough from other New Belgium offerings (compare to Porch Swing, if anything) to justify its existence. Medium-bodied, creamy at first but froths up to more sloshy and tingly velvet.

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Photo of BeerTest
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JonathanED
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Briken
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NickMunford
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nicholas2121
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Side Trip, brewed by New Belgium Brewing, with an ABV of 6.00% This brew pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. I really like the color of this brew. The smell of Side Trip is rich with sweetness. You pick up on grins and malts at first. Then you pick up on the hops. This brew is different from other pale ales market , Because of the sweetness in the smell. Not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is bold , but smooth with flavors. A nice amount grains and malts and hops. Side Trip, has a real nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I can't get over how smooth this brew is, it is really hard to pick up the 6.00% ABV in this brew. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. The mouth feel of Side Trip, is Bold rich smooth and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Side Trip a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely buy this pale ale again. If you are looking for a smooth refreshing ale look this one up. New Belgium Brewing did a real nice job with this pale ale.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Side Trip | New Belgium Brewing. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick, with solid lacing, and a clear deep medium amber body.

I smell clove, bubblegum, and a slightly spicy zest coming from the yeast.

Now I taste the missing ingredient I didn't really oick up on with the aroma, and that's the banana. The addition makes for quite the enjoyable standard BPA.

The mouthfeel here is medium with mild carbonation. Rather clean finish for a BPA, in my opinion.

Overall, I'll give Side Trip | New Belgium Brewing a rating of a 4.25. It doesn't go out if its way to be different or "exceptional". This is a by-the-books offering that would be a good 1st for the uninitiated.

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Photo of Quafftastic
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerthulhu
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Bright orange, good clarity, with an average density of effervesce. Small head, dull white coloring, with a low rate of retention and lacing.

S: Nice fruitiness on the nose, green melon, canteloupe, with a soft spicy hops. Low to moderate rate of awareness.

T: Fruity flavor, melon, canteloupe with a nice sweet malting. Soft pine-honey hints with citrus and caramel. Leaves with some floral hop notes on the finish and swallow.

M: Decent crispness, light body, some light sticky malt residue.

O: Overall semi-dry fruitiness, and floral hops with a sweet malting and decent drinkability. Nice touch of belgian yeast, dry. A pleasant drink to relax to, soothing, easy going.

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Photo of Dewsby
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elNopalero
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a gentle tan-gold with tremendous foam and impressive head retention. Somewhat funky estery aroma, with a muddled sensibility. There's a pleasant bitterness and an approachable funky note on the palate. Not too bad but it's missing some balance and complexity.

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Photo of dag1991
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Robert-Alexander
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of d5001986
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brighteyes868
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mactrail
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Trader Joes. Beautiful golden color with abundant white foam. Pleasing prickly on the tongue with a smooth, mellow mouthfeel. Yeasty, fruity aroma. Malty but light bodied. A scratch of bitterness at the end along with a subtle Belgian drying finish.

This has the taste I have been thinking of lately as "Cream of Wheat." There is a pleasing residual sweetness and that pear flavor that makes me think of a Tripel. It's all about the yeast, and yet the hops make a modest but welcome appearance. This starts out innocuous but grows on the palate. I'll be looking for six of these. It's another welcome surprise from New Belgium and an example of their attention to detail in making excellent light brews.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stofko1992
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sebas
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Molson2000
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Boomersooner656
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dsshuck
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Side Trip from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 242 ratings